11. November 2014

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GMC Inching Closer to Producing Jeep Wrangler Competitor

GMCHUMMERHX We’ve long talked about how HUMMER would make a resurgence under GM’s new structure, and it’s always centered around GMC. In fact, GM at one point considered never having HUMMER as a stand-alone brand, but rather releasing models under the GMC label (“e.g. GMC Moab). There were rumors in March about the GMC design studio producing a Wrangler-type competitor (read: HX/H4-like model) but naturally no one would confirm or deny those reports. Now, the new chief at GMC has gone on the record with Edmunds to say he wants to change the face of the brand, possibly through new products including “active all-road, Wrangler-esque type of vehicle.”

Duncan Aldred was named the US VP of GMC & Buick back in February, and a month later came the rumors out of the design studio of an Hummer-esque vehicle being worked on. If you haven’t already, check out the article from March that goes in-depth as to why this isn’t such a wild idea. We don’t believe timing isn’t coincidental, especially considering the latest quotes from Aldred.

“I have come here to do a job and change the face of the brand,” he told Edmunds. “We are looking at everything…What segments will grow? What segments will not? We are evaluating all possibilities that could really turbocharge the brand and the growth.”

In addition to the small off-road vehicle, a sub-compact crossover similar in size to the Buick Encore may also be in the works.

The bottom line is GMC is looking many different possibilities for new vehicles; not just in their current segments (which, primarily is shared chassis designs with Chevy). Aldred seems determined to make GMC stand alone, and a small, Hummer-type vehicle under the GMC nameplate would be one way of achieving that. Aldred would likely make a nice name for himself within the ranks if he was able to pull off a successful Jeep wrangler competitor, since the closest General Motors has ever come was in Hummer concept form.

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3. March 2014

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In-Depth: General Motors Designing HUMMER-Like Vehicle In GMC Design Studio

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Back in 2010 officials at General Motors said that releasing HUMMER models under the GMC badge was “discussed,” but that no plans existed to release any such vehicles “anytime soon.” Fast-forward four years and GMC designers are telling folks at The Car Guide that a vehicle following in HUMMER’s footsteps is currently being worked on.

According to the designer, it wouldn’t just be a re-badged Terrain with skid plates, but a brand-new design that would be in the same category with the Jeep Wrangler.

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17. February 2014

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HUMMER in 2014: Retaining More Value than Any Other Vehicle

2010 Hummer H2 Resale Value 2014“I have to confess, we checked the numbers a few times on that one,” said the VP of Research for Canadian Black Book about the HUMMER H2 retaining more value than any other vehicle.

Black Book is well known among dealers in the US and Canada as a leading source of vehicle values for dealer appraisals since much of their data comes from auction information and real-time sales.

The “Best Resale Value” award went to HUMMER at the opening of the Canadian International Auto Show where 19 vehicles were honored for their resale value. Toyota got the bulk of the awards across the different categories which included best retained value for luxury cars, full-size pickups, etc.

Representatives from Black Book explained that the vehicles in all the other categories retained 50 to 65 percent of their value after four years, and they were surprised to see the HUMMER H2 come in at a staggering 71..14 percent of its MSRP.

There is some anecdotal evidence that the high marks come as some vehicles are being sold overseas or otherwise exported to countries with higher demand – but in that there are still plenty of locals interested in HUMMER and that’s driving the wholesale/resale value up.

“Its value actually increased last year, so it’s bit of an anomaly.”

The HUMMER H3 also made the list – finishing right behind the Toyota FJ Cruiser in the Mid-Size SUV category.

Sadly, since the report is only done on 4-year resale values and the H2’s last year was 2010, this will be the last time that HUMMER’s resale values are measured up against the competition.  Though, it’d be interesting to see HUMMER’s 5-year numbers vs everyone else’s 4 years numbers last year.  I wouldn’t count on anyone going out of their way to research and publish something that puts HUMMER in a positive light, so we won’t hold our breath on that one.

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2. August 2013

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Ohio Fire Deparment Mods Old Humvee into Brush Fire Truck

Thanks to last year’s chicken dinner, the Plymouth Fire Department was able to mod an H1 into a fire-fighting tool used for brush fires. We’ve seen some rescue-type Humvee/HUMMER H1 vehicles in the past, but never with sprayers like this. Given all the brush fires we’ve seen in Texas this year, this doesn’t seem like […]

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15. February 2013

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Civilian HUMVEE to Debut at Non-Civilian, Military Event in Abu Dhabi

AM General announced today that it will officially unveil its civilian offering, the HUMVEE C-Series, at the International Defense Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi next week. The venue and locale isn’t an odd place for AM General to be exhibiting, but the choice to unveil a civilian model on the other side of the […]

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15. November 2012

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Rod Hall Returns to Baja 1000 with HUMMER H3

HUMMER may not be an official sponsor of Rod Hall Racing anymore, but that won’t stop Rod from running an H3 from his collection in this year’s Baja 1000. The 2012 Baja 1000 the 45th running of the famed race, and Rod has entered in every one – and been quite successful. Hall has captured […]

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12. November 2012

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HUMMER Seeking “Ultimate Fan” for Social Media Interaction

General Motors may not have any staff devoted to HUMMER anymore since ending production several years ago, but they still own the brand name and the legacy – both of which are valuable assets. The social media agency in charge of managing the HUMMER website and facebook page, which we’ve been sharply critical of in […]

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30. October 2012

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AM General Confirms HUMVEE C-Series Kit Car, Reveals Pictures, Opens Ordering

AM General Confirms HUMVEE C-Series Kit Car, Reveals Pictures, Opens Ordering

Would you like your HUMVEE in Khaki, Green, or Sand? Nearly three months to the day, AM General is making official the (previously “speculated”) story of their first civilian offering in over a decade: The HUMVEE C-Series Kit Car. According to the official release, the C-Series will share many parts with the military HUMVEE body […]

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30. September 2012

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Humvee C-Series Prototype Reveal at SEMA 2012

In just 30 days, we may have our first look at the Humvee C-Series Kit Car from AM General. AM General is reportedly planning on using the aftermarket accessory and car customization show as the site to reveal the civilian-oriented kit car that has been in the works all year. We haven’t had confirmation from […]

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13. August 2012

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Rod Hall Orders First Humvee C-Series Kit Car

Rod Hall Orders First Humvee C-Series Kit Car

Off-road racing legend Rod Hall is no stranger to the HUMMER brand. In 1992, he heard a rumor that AM General wanted to race their new civilian vehicle simply called a “HUMMER” in the Baja 1000. Hall’s racing preference has always been production vehicles, and after a few meetings with AM General – Rod Hall […]

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2. August 2012

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AM General Re-Entering Civilian Vehicle Marketplace with Humvee C-Series Kit Car

AM General Re-Entering Civilian Vehicle Marketplace with Humvee C-Series Kit Car

After 12 years of being out of the business of selling vehicles to the general public, AM General is jumping back into the civilian market with the Humvee C-Series – a kit-car offering that will conform to the various constraints put on the automaker by the HUMMER deal with General Motors and U.S. Government regulations […]

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